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Metrowest YMCA's Healthy Kids Day on April 27 aims to help kids exercise minds and bodies

Posted by Laura Gomez  April 22, 2013 02:07 PM

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This press release was submitted by the MetroWest YMCA.

On Saturday, April 27th, the MetroWest YMCA is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day with a free community event that encourages kids in the MetroWest area to get moving and learning, and families living healthier.

Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, takes place at 1,900 Ys and kick-starts healthier behaviors now and throughout the summer, a critical out-of-school time for children’s health.

The MetroWest YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at the Framingham Branch of the Y at 280 Old Connecticut from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and features fun, active play and educational activities. Some of the activities include a bouncy castle, an obstacle course, gymnastics on the low beam and tumble track, a family group exercise class and Radio Disney.

Many U.S. children do not get the daily recommended hours of physical activity and reading, and daily amounts of healthy foods. According to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot – a survey of parents that gauges their children’s activity levels during the school year – only 19 percent of children get 60 minutes of physical activity, only 17 percent read books for fun, and only 12 percent eat at least eight fruits and vegetables daily.

“At the MetroWest YMCA, we know parents struggle to keep their kids physically and intellectually active every day. We want to help ensure fewer kids are at risk of childhood obesity and more kids excel in school,” said Richard MacPherson, President & CEO of the MetroWest YMCA. “The YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will get kids moving and learning while also helping families get a jump on creating a healthier summer, and ultimately a healthier future.”

Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically and gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. On April 27th, the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will help parents begin thinking early about what their kids need to grow and achieve all summer long.

The YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is supported locally at the MetroWest YMCA by the Framingham Rotary Club. Nationally media partners are Sprout and Lazy Town, who are committed to encouraging kids to lead a healthy lifestyle.

For more information, contact Miriam Kimball at 508 879-4420 ext. 53 or visit www.metrowestymca.org.

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